Aura Music And Art Festival: Jam Bands, DJs, Drum Circles And Ziplines
Break out the glowsticks, grab your hand drums and work up some posi vibes because the second annual Aura Music and Art Festival is going down.
Starting at 4 p.m. Friday, January 14, and going until 4 a.m. Sunday, Aura is bringing you 34 bands on two stages and 20 DJs in a a fucking RAGE TENT, plus a host of other fun little activities. Festies get to camp out on the 4,700-acre Florida Forever wildlife conservation area, at 2011 at Crescent J Ranch in St. Cloud, and everyone with fest experience knows the camping is half the fun (see my Harvest of Hope adventure).
Aura is encouraging campers to recycle as much as possible as part of their Recychedelic program. Festies can cash in their bags of sorted recyclables for sweet merch, and the campers with the most recycling bags gets free tickets to next year’s event.
Tickets for Aura are available online and are going steady at $60-presale, $15 for kids 10 to 15 years old, and $65 at the door.
Of course, we’ll be there covering the whole hippie-flipping thing.
Fans of the jam music scene can look forward to performances by Papadosio, the Heavy Pets, Malah and Zoogma. Assuredly, there will be enough nastiness coming from the RAGE TENT (love this name) to give bass junkies some gnarly ear-bleeds. I know our boy JeRK is gonna kill em on Friday.
But besides the 18 or so hours of festie-music madness, the official press release boasts some pretty awesome ancillary activities, and I’ve made it my personal mission to do everything on the Aura goody check-list (because to-do lists make me feel important):
- Write a song about posi vibes in the woods at the songwriting workshop.
- Stretch with some strangers at the yoga workshop
- Bang out some nasty beats in a drum circle, hopefully a giant one with 75% dread-heads
- Ride a horse through the wilderness (yeah, there’s horseback riding)
- Go on a Safari, find an alligator/bear/alligator-bear, take a picture
- FLY THROUGH THE TREES ON A ZIPLINE
The mission will only become more appealing once I’m on my festie-approved diet of beer, ciggs, beer, hotdogs, hummus and beer. I can’t wait to get dirty.